Wrawby Safeguarding Policy
Diocese of Lincoln – Model policy Statement on
The Protection and Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults for use by PCC’s
- In relation to child protection this applies to all parishes whether or not there are any children or youth work groups in the parishes as it is assumed that some children will attend church from time to time.
- In relation to vulnerable adults the guidance applies to all parishes
- Acceptance of the Policy/implementation should be minuted
Wrawby PCC Has adopted:-
- Protecting all God’s Children, 4th edition, House of Bishops’ 2010 the Child Protection Policy for the Church of England
- Promoting a Safe Church House of Bishops’ 2006 the policy for safeguarding adults in the Church of England
- Promoting a Safer Church House of Bishops’ 2016 the policy for safeguarding children, young people and adults in the Church of England
- Practice guidance: Safer Recruitment: House of Bishops’ 2016 the safer recruitment practices for all Church Officers working or volunteering in a Church of England setting.
- Policy on the recruitment of Ex-offenders Government Policy 2013
- Expressing Concerns and ‘Whistleblowing’: Policy and guidance Diocese of Lincoln Policy for the encouraging all people to express safeguarding concerns appropriately and in a timely fashion
A copy of the full policies is obtainable on the:
Diocese of Lincoln’s website https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/safeguarding-statements-and-policies
Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/policy-practice-guidance
A hard copy of each policy can also be obtained. Please do not hesitate to ask the incumbent or a member of the PCC.
Policies 1.1 and 1.2 are summarised in appendix 1 (attached)
This church appoints Mrs Sheila Neave to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies.
Incumbent ………………..O. Mitchell………………………………………………
Churchwarden …………..N. Good ……………………………………………….
Churchwarden ……………P. Dale………………………………………………
Date …………………………..12th June 2018………………………………………….
Policy on the Safeguarding of Adults in the Church
This statement was adopted by The PCC of St Mary the Virgin at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 12th June 2018. This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.
- We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
- As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.
- We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
- We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
- The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
- It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
- The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
- The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
- Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
Protection of children and Vulnerable Adults
- Supporting families, parents and carers. It is suggested that vulnerable adult and child protection should be seen within the context of family, parents and carer support. If one supports the family, parents or carer, one supports the vulnerable adult or child or young person. The PCC supports this approach.
- Confidentiality. The House of Bishops’ child protection policy contains (at page 35) guidance on Confidentiality see also appendix 1 of Promoting a safe church. While respecting the need for confidentially it is legally possible, appropriate and highly desirable to disclose relevant information to the public authorities for the sake of protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. The PCC understands both the need for confidentiality and the requirement to disclose information to protect those who are vulnerable.
- Insurance. The House of Bishops’ Policy Protecting all God’s Children page 29 gives advice about insurance for those working with children and young people. The PCC has reviewed its arrangements in the light of this advice.
- Standards in working with children and young people. It is important that the environment in which children and youth groups meet is appropriate and safe. Further advice can be found in Protecting all God’s Children, p.22 onwards. The PCC has reviewed its work in light of this guidance.
- Support and Training. All Church Officers will be supported and trained in line with the House of Bishops’ Policy. The Diocese of Lincoln will provide regular training and support. Information on training can be found at the safeguarding section of the Diocese of Lincoln website.
- Posters. Posters will be displayed which feature ChildLine and ParentLine and the Parish and Diocesan safeguarding contact details.
- What to do if you are concerned about a particular child, young person or vulnerable adult. Do not keep this to yourself. Share this concern with the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Delia Crosby, who will keep the incumbent informed and will take advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA). Do not delay.
- Monitoring arrangements. This policy and implementation will be reviewed annually by the PCC.
Appendix 1 – Statement of Safeguarding Principles
The Church of England and the Methodist Church work in partnership with other Christian Churches and other agencies in delivering safeguarding. The following statement of principles appears at the head of each safeguarding policy:
We are committed to:
– The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and all adults;
– The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and all adults;
– The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
To this end:
- We will carefully select, support and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with the principles of Safer Recruitment. We will respond without delay to every complaint made, that any adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
- We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and / or isolation.
- We will seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.
- We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of respect and responsibility, where they are trusted by others.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our Church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult who is vulnerable.In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.